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Richard Goulden

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1959 Cad battery connectioners
« on: February 19, 2006, 03:41:54 AM »
Can anyone tell me for sure.A friend of mine who is very knowledgeable about 59/60 Cadillacs, said that 59/60 cars had spring ring type battery terminal connecters. I dissagree, and think that they had bolt type connections. I base this on the fact that I have never seen a 59/60 Cad with the spring type,McVeys repro ones ( too short ), have the bolt type, and a picture in the workshop manual shows a picture of the battery with the bolt type, can anyone tell us for sure.

Bruce Reynolds # 18992

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Re: 1959 Cad battery connectioners
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2006, 04:13:32 AM »
Gday Richard,

I am quite positive that the Spring type battery lead connectors were not invented until way after 1960.   Something like the late 60s, or early 70s.

But then, I suppose living in Tasmania, we never got the new stuff till it was perfected.

Bruce,
The Tassie Devil(le),
60 CDV

Jim Eccleston CLC 16079

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Re: 1959 Cad battery connectioners
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2006, 05:31:18 AM »
   My original 1961 parts book clearly describes the cable with “terminal, bolt, nut & wire”. In contrast, the February, 1961, issue of The Cadillac Serviceman states that spring-type clamps “will be installed as soon as our present supply of old style battery cable is exhausted”.
   Therefore, I believe it was a running change that occurred around February/March 1961.

Bruce Reynolds # 18992

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Re: 1959 Cad battery connectioners
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2006, 05:45:10 AM »
Thanks for that Jim,

Another fact to add to my memory bank that is powered by blood.

Bruce,
The Tassie Devil(le),
60 CDV

Steve

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Re: 1959 Cad battery connectioners
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2006, 10:56:59 AM »
There is an issue of the 1960 Cadillac Serviceman, cant remember the month, that says the spring clamps were used experimentally on some cars and even list the run of engine no.s of cars they were put on.

Steve

JIM CLC # 15000

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Re: 1959 Cad battery connectioners
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2006, 10:44:25 PM »
02-19-06
ALL: I had a new 1963 Chevrolet Malibu that had the Spring-type battery connectors. ( It also had a spring-loaded battery hold-down that made things a lot easier to live in ND )
Good Luck, Jim

Richard Goulden

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Re: 1959 Cad battery connectioners
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2006, 01:09:52 AM »
Thanks everybody. So in conclusion Gentlemen, can we safely say that 59 Cads had the bolt type, as did the 60s , altho some may have come from the factory with the new flanged spring type, and sometime in 61 Cad division changed to the spring ring and suggested or directed them to be retro fitted if the need arose to earlier cars.
As my car is a 59, I am quite happy to know that it was bolts only type that year, from the factory.
Richard  New Zealand
PS can anyone tell me were I can buy a good repro set, and dont anyone say McVeys.

Jim Eccleston CLC 16079

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Re: 1959 Cad battery connectioners
« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2006, 04:56:46 AM »
Yes, your summary is correct.
I bought my battery and cables from:

Antique Auto Battery
2320 Old Mill Rd.
Hudson, OH, 44236
(330) 425-2395
1-800-426-7580

No website listed in the sales propaganda.

True, I bought Spring-Ring cables, but they were very helpful and knowledgable, and I am fairly certain that they will also have the correct bolt & clamp cables, too. The positive cable even had the correct fabric insulating loom.

Alex Garbuio

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Re: 1959 Cad battery connectioners
« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2006, 11:36:36 PM »
My 1961 eldorado ahs connectors without bolts sort of a ring witha clasp.  could this be my problem of not restarrting?

 

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